Tool | BuildFire (Mobile App Dev)

Mobile App Development Timeline: A Realistic Perspective
buildfire | undated

Note = The Most Powerful App Maker For iOS & Android
BuildFire’s powerful and easy to use mobile app builder makes it so you can create mobile apps for iOS & Android in a fraction of the time and cost.
Simple and intuitive app builder – No coding required
Build custom functionality with our developer SDK
Build for FREE for 14 days. No credit card required
URL = https://buildfire.com/

Author = Ian Blair (build fire)

URL = https://buildfire.com/mobile-app-development-timeline/

Mobile Apps | Terms & Conditions

Mobile App Terms and Conditions Template
Termly Legal Team | Nov 13, 2020

Table of Contents
What Are Mobile App Terms and Conditions?
Are Terms and Conditions for My Mobile App Required?
App Store Terms and Conditions Requirements
Common Clauses to Include in Your App Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions By App Type
Getting User Agreement to Your App Terms and Conditions
Mobile App Terms and Conditions Samples
How to Write Terms and Conditions for Mobile Apps
Free Mobile App Terms and Conditions Template
App Terms and Conditions FAQs

Author = Termly Legal Team

URL = https://termly.io/resources/templates/app-terms-and-conditions/

Tool | Storybook Native

Storybook for Mobile Applications
Medium| Feb 25, 2021

Announcement = official release of Storybook Native, a new tool for showcasing mobile applications and components.

Installation
Storybook = https://github.com/storybookjs/native#installation
Note: Before using this, ensure that you have installed NodeJS
NodeJS = https://nodejs.org/en/download/

Examples
Examples of how to use this module as both a build tool and as a component library can be found in the examples folder. The app folder inside each example contains the source code of the application the example is for.

Android storybook with controls
Flutter storybook with controls
Cross platform storybook
iOS storybook with deep linking

Author = Adil Malik

URL = https://medium.com/storybookjs/storybook-for-mobile-applications-97e3a229fb3c

Planning | Mind Mapping w/ Examples (+ Tool)

What is a Mind Map?
MindMapping | Undated

What is a Mind Map? A Mind Map is an easy way to brainstorm thoughts organically without worrying about order and structure. It allows you to visually structure your ideas to help with analysis and recall.

A Mind Map is a diagram for representing tasks, words, concepts, or items linked to and arranged around a central concept or subject using a non-linear graphical layout that allows the user to build an intuitive framework around a central concept. A Mind Map can turn a long list of monotonous information into a colorful, memorable and highly organized diagram that works in line with your brain’s natural way of doing things.

URL = https://www.mindmapping.com/mind-map

Mind Mapping Examples
Mind Mapping Examples | Undated

MindView is a Mind Mapping software application that includes over 150 mind mapping examples ranging from business to educational mind mapping templates.

URL = https://www.mindmappingexamples.com

UX | Good User Experience For Mobile Apps (+ Tool)

What makes a good user experience for my mobile app?
Mopinion | 16 Feb 2017

Provide an efficient onboarding
Offer Assistance
Invest in usability
(…) to prevent your customers from leaving the app, you must adhere to certain rules:
Use a clear search bar at the top of the app that brings up search suggestions and search history
Organise and label the ‘menu’ category so that your customer can take a quick glance and see which category they need
With ecommerce apps, always make sure there are good filters for the products and services so that the customer can filter by price, color, size, etc.
Forms: Do you work with ordering funnels and long forms in your app? Nothing is more frustrating than having to fill in all of that information again because you missed a section. It is better to highlight the data that is filled in incorrectly or not filled in at all so that your customers will see right away what needs to be adjusted.
Assure Security And Trustworthiness
Don’t spam your users with notifications
Use customer feedback

Have you tried the Mopinion for mobile apps?
Plug / Tool = Mopinion SDK for Apps = User Feedback
Grab a hold of powerful in-app insights
Collect powerful feedback from your native apps with our flexible and easy-to-install SDKs for iOS and Android.
URL = https://mopinion.com/product/mopinion-for-apps/

Author = Erin Gilliam Haije (Mopinion)

URL = https://mopinion.com/what-makes-a-good-user-experience-for-my-mobile-app/

User Stories | User Story (+ Tool)

Glossary = User Story
ProductPlan | Undated

User Story
Definition: A user story is a small, self-contained unit of development work designed to accomplish a specific goal within a product. A user story is usually written from the user’s perspective and follows the format: “As [a user persona], I want [to perform this action] so that [I can accomplish this goal].”

What is a User Story?
In agile software development, a user story is a brief, plain-language explanation of a feature or functionality written from a user’s point of view. Many agile experts also describe a user story as the smallest unit of product development work that can lead to a complete element of user functionality.

Product teams choose to break development work into user stories instead of product features or product requirements for several reasons.

User stories:
Are easy for anyone to understand
Represent bite-sized deliverables that can fit in sprints, whereas not all full features can.
Help the team focus on real people, rather than abstract features
Build momentum by giving development teams a feeling of progress

What Does a User Story Look Like?
Most product teams use a similar user story template, typically just a sentence or two written according to the following formula:
As a [description of user], I want [functionality] so that [benefit].

User Story vs. Use Case: What’s the Difference?
Like user stories, a use case describes how a user might interact with a product to solve a specific problem. But the two are not interchangeable; they are different tools used in product development.

Ivar Jacobson, who is credited with developing the use-case concept, explains that use cases document both a user’s goal and the functional requirements of the system. In other words, use cases are designed to capture much more detail than a user story about the process a user goes through to achieve the desired outcome from interacting with a product.

Whereas a user story is written as a very brief statement describing only the user’s end goal, a use case often describes several additional steps, including:
The preconditions required before the use case can begin
The main flow of events (also called the basic flow) describing a user’s path, step by step, to completing an action with the product
Alternate and exception flows, meaning variant paths a user might take with the product to complete the same or similar goal
Possibly a visual diagram depicting the entire workflow

How Do You Write a User Story?
Here’s a simple, six-step process for crafting user stories:
Step 1: Decide what “done” will look like = definition of done
Step 2: Document tasks and subtasks.
Step 3: Determine your user personas.
Step 4: Create stories as ordered steps.
Step 5: Seek user feedback.
Step 6: Draft stories that can be completed in one sprint.

Product Teams, Why Wouldn’t You Write with Your Users in Mind?
Aside from the fact that they’re designed to fit on index cards and can be easily understood by anyone, one of the biggest advantages of user stories is that they can help you from getting lost in the technical details of your product’s backend or from becoming enamored with a UX you believe is elegant but that isn’t actually structured in a way your users prefer to work.

User stories help your team accomplish all of this — and build better products — by forcing you to make one simple change to your approach to development planning. Rather than writing up your plans from the product’s point of view (which features to build), user stories force you to draft each proposed idea for new functionality from the point of view of the actual people who will be using that functionality.

Tool = ProductPlan
Share your product story
ProductPlan is a roadmap platform that aligns your team so you can build what matters.
URL = https://www.productplan.com/

URL = https://www.productplan.com/glossary/user-story/

Humor | Quarantine Diaries (excerpt): Videoconferencing with BBC backgrounds

The joy of sets
BBC Archive | Undated

Top of the Pops, Match Of The Day, Fawlty Towers, Absolutely Fabulous, Doctor Who… I guess this is more for your personal calls: change your background to one of these empty sets from classic BBC TV shows.
Over 100 to choose from, different versions of Doctor Who’s Tardis.

Something fun to try at the end of this week, dedicated to Videoconferencing info. Enjoy.

Author = BBC

Empty sets: Science Fiction
https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_science_fiction/zhj7mfr

Empty sets: Sitcoms
https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_sitcoms/zj98wty

Empty sets: Entertainment
https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_ent_and_sport/z626pg8

Empty sets: Children’s Television
https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_childrens_tv/zjj26v4

Empty sets: EastEnders
https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_Eastenders/zkbr47h

Sport sets
https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_sport/zj7hscw

The joy of sets
https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_collection/zfvy382

Tools | Videoconferencing: Google Meet, alternative to Zoom

As I was tweaking yesterday’s post, I found a new one posted today, covering Google Meet, another free alternative to Zoom. Building a referential on the fly.

How to use Google Meet: Free video conferencing if you don’t love Zoom
c|net | May 07, 2020

(…) Google’s Meet video conferencing service is now free for everyone to use for personal video chats.

(…) Previously available only to organizations using G Suite, Meet is now open to everyone, in a move that puts Google in competition with rival video chat service Zoom.

(…) Meet allows up to 100 participants on a call at once, and includes features such as scheduling, screen sharing and real-time captioning.

(…) Video calls will have a 60-minute cap, but Google said it won’t enforce that cap until after Sept. 30. 

How to use Google Meet, free

Author = Alison DeNisco Rayome

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-use-google-meet-free-video-conferencing-for-those-who-dont-love-zoom/